Top 5: Old City night-time events

The Old City may be ancient but there are plenty of magical events that bring the narrow alleyways alive.

November 1, 2012 14:02
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Night Spectacular

No visit to the Old City at night is complete without taking in this spectacular night show, which tells the story of Jerusalem through breath-taking images, characters and sound.

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Night Spectacular (Amit Geron)

In fact, 20 projectors, 10 video players, 14 computers, 14 speakers and the best in technology are used to create the powerful sounds and awesome images and lights that are projected onto the walls, bridges and archaeological ruins.

The Night Spectacular takes place in the citadel courtyard at the Tower of David Museum so it's advised to dress warmly.

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: 7 p.m.- 7:45 p.m.; 8 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.
Phone: *2884
Address: Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate, Old City
Book tickets
Price: NIS 45 – NIS 55

Viennese Ball

Experience the grandeur of European 19th-century culture and an authentic Viennese Ball at the Austrian Hospice in the Old City. Produced by event organizers Ein Kerem Legend, the Ball takes place in a Viennese hall with paintings on the walls and ceilings that are replicas of the palaces in Vienna.

The event includes concert piano, opera, waltzes, spectacular rooftop views, grand ball gowns as well as delicious apple strudel and good coffee.

When: Thursdays 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (pre-registration required; only takes place if minimum amount of people register)
Phone: (02) 641-8682
Address: Austrian Hospice: 37 Via Dolorosa (meeting point: Safra Square)
Price: NIS 130  including coffee and strudel (NIS 95 without)

Just Before Nightfall

On Thursdays the Tower of David Museum remains open for longer and museum admission includes a lovely outdoor concert in the citadel.

Just before nightfall

Visitors can enjoy all that the Museum has to offer – fascinating temporary and permanent exhibitions that tell the story of the city of Jerusalem, the guardrooms of the citadel and more – and can then round off the experience with some seriously good music of varying genres.

When: Thursdays 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Phone: *2884
Address: Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate, Old City
Book tickets
Price: Free (Included in cost of admission NIS 15 - 30)

Jerusalem Beneath the Stars

Jerusalem beneath the starsExperience archaeological discoveries from the Biblical era and learn about the story of Jerusalem in the special night time atmosphere at the City of David.

The event begins with a relaxing cup of tea to the soothing sounds of the harp and is followed by a 3D movie about ancient Jerusalem and a creative multi-sensory light show screened on the backdrop of antiquities.

The event also includes an underground walk through the Herodian Channel that brings one out at the foot of the Western Wall in the Davidson Center - Archaeological Park.

When: Mondays 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (pre-registration required)
Phone: *6033
Address: City of David, Silwan
Price: NIS 65 (NIS 35 for seniors and children)

The Sephardic Balabusta

By: Yudith KorlanskyThe Sephardic Balabusta at the Old Yishuv Court Museum provides real insight into the secrets and flavors of a Sephardic kitchen. Discover what Jewish housewives used to do to stretch a meal, to make a meal taste like there was meat in it, how to make a meal out of vegetable peels, the connection between eggplants and a bride and other fascinating bits and pieces.

When: Mondays 6p.m. – 8p.m. (pre-registration required; only takes place if minimum amount of people register)
Address: 6 Or Haim St, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 627-6319
Price: NIS 65 is a new online international travel portal offering all the latest information on things to doplaces to eat and places to stay in Jerusalem.

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